As anyone with a driver's license should be able to tell you, the oil pressure indicator on a car is a vital feature. If you don't have enough oil pressure, your engine could seize up, leaving you stranded and causing catastrophic damage for both your automobile and your wallet. Worryingly, then, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the oil pressure indicator lamp on certain Volvo S60 models is prone to failure, prompting the manufacturer to issue a recall.

The issue pertains to MY2011-2012 Volvo S60s with turbocharged five-cylinder engines manufactured between June 22, 2010 and May 14, 2012. All told, precisely 30,929 units are affected by the recall campaign. The owners of affected models will be notified by Volvo to bring in their cars to their local dealer for a software update. See the official notice below for details.
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RECALL Subject : Driver not Warned of Low Oil Pressure
Report Receipt Date: NOV 22, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V592000
Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 30,929
Manufacturer: Volvo Cars of N.A., LLC

SUMMARY:
Volvo Cars of North America, LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 S60 vehicles manufactured June 22, 2010, through May 14, 2012, and equipped with 5-cylinder B5254T5 (VIN code 62) engines. In the affected vehicles, the vehicle may not alert the driver of a low oil pressure situation.

CONSEQUENCE:
Without being warned of a low oil pressure situation, the driver may continue to drive the vehicle until it stalls, which increases the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle's software so that the driver is alerted should there be a low oil pressure situation, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around the end of December 2013. Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552. Volvo's number for this campaign is R29436.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      >> As anyone with a driver's license should be able to tell you, the oil pressure indicator on a car is a vital feature. You are overly optimistic.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dont think they will be in the US market much longer. Too bad really, more makes and competition is better for consumers.
      Bartholomew Roberts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Non issue. When was the last time you had your oil pressure light come on and the motor continue to run? Me, back in 1973 in my 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo with a 400 oil drinking beast. Didn't kill the car, got 7 more years out of it before selling.
      Henry Z. Floyd
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sorry, can anybody explain to me why the S60 pictured was a step forward for Volvo's design language, but the newest S60 takes a big step back in terms of design? As in, it looks pretty much identical to the old ones? Why did they do that?
        S40Powered
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Henry Z. Floyd
        They fixed the oversized headlights and got ride of that fake led. The rear still the same. The facelift looks so much better. Sober, like Volvo.
      AlwaysOn
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't want an oil pressure indicator, I want a gauge. Sadly, it's getting more rare.